‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’ to Padmaavat: The controversial journey of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus

‘Padmaavat’, one of the most controversial movies of Bollywood, has finally got its release date, which is on January 25. But, it has not been easy sailing for the movie. Many hardship have been faced by people associated with the movie. CBFC has also given its nod to the movie with some cuts and ordered to change the name from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmavat’ and later Padmaavat. So, in this article, we will look at the controversies face by the movie.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie’s director, was manhandled during the shoot in Rajasthan. A group of people from Karni Sena opposed the movie and wanted a ban on it. Karni Sena openly threatened high-intensity violence if the movie is released. Rumours are galore that the movie shows a love-affair between Queen Padmavati and the invader Allaudin Khiljhi.

The attack was condemn by many Bollywood celebrities and Sanjay Leela Bhansali shifted his location from Rajasthan to Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. Even in Kolhapur where the movie was being shot, the set was destroyed by petrol bomb group of 30-50 people attacked the set with torches and petrol bombs, heavily damaging it. This was the initial stages of protest, there were many more to come.

*A revolt was started against the movie in entire country and it got major support from politicians. The Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has written to the Centre saying that the release of the film can pose a law and order problem for the state.

*Objecting to the Ghoomar song picturisation, Heena Singh Judeo, daughter-in-law of Dilip Singh Judeo of Chhattisgarh’s former royal family, said, “History has witnessed that none of the Rajput maharanis has ever danced in front of anyone, and they cannot play with history.” according to NDTV.

*Rajasthan Higher and Technical Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari joined the war and asked for band he said “Deceit in any case with the history of immortal valour of such women cannot be accepted.”

*Rajput group targeted cinema hall in Kota for showing the trailer of the movie. Workers of the Rajput Karni Sena vandalised shops in the Aakash Mall, where the theatre was located.

*Over lakh of people gathered at Gandhinagar and Surat area started protesting to raise their demand of staying the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed movie.

*Haryana minister Vipul Goel asked for changes in the film and said that “glamourising Alauddin Khilji’s character was akin to praising those who carry out acid attacks on girls”

*Divya Kumari, whose grandfather was the last ruler of Jaipur, said “The women of Rajasthan are very upset with this film made on a queen who is the epitome of sacrifice.” “Rather than highlighting Padmini’s sacrifice, the film-maker has sought to highlight the romantic angle in this film,” she said.

*Mansinh Rathod who is the leader of Karni Sena in Gujarat claimed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has “distorted the historical facts in the movie.” “We have learnt that there is a dream sequence in the movie wherein ‘Rani Padmavati’ has been shown romancing with ‘Allaudin Khilji’. We condemn such a heinous portrayal our queen. ‘Karni Sena’ will never allow such movie to hit the theatres,” Mr Rathod said.

*Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan CM opposed the movie and said it will not release in their states.

*Even now, the flame of controversy is not set to rest. There are protests, but the movie has got all its clearance and it is supposed to release this 25 January.

*Padmaavat controversy is spread all over India and in Bihar a cinema hall has been vandalised by group of people. After Supreme Court oppose the ban people of Shree Rajput Karni Sena attacked the cinema hall in Muzaffarpur district.

*Chittor in Rajasthan is becoming the nerve centre of the protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat. On Sunday, hundreds of women staged a ‘Swabhiman Rally’ against the screening of the movie: They carried swords as a mark of protest. The rally, which went through the lanes and by-lanes of Chittor, ended at Jauhar Bhavan.  Hundreds of women from nearby areas, including Madhya Pradesh, joined them in solidarity. Several women have threatened to commit jauhar (self-immolation), a day prior to the scheduled release of Padmavaat — that is, January 25.

*The Supreme Court refused to modify its earlier order on Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat‘. Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments had filed plea seeking modification in the apex court’s order, which had paved the way for the release of the controversial film.

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